Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument spans nearly 1.9 million acres of America’s public lands. From its spectacular Grand Staircase of cliffs and terraces, across the rugged Kaiparowits Plateau, to the wonders of the Escalante River Canyons, the Monument’s size, resources, and remote character provide extraordinary opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archeologists, historians, and biologists in scientific research, education, and exploration.
Emily M. on Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail
Gorgeous waterfall! Loved walking in the water, so refreshing ! Very straightforward trail.
Emily M. on Escalante Natural Bridge
Nice stroll along the river, a few semi-deep river crossings so wear sandals or water shoes and shorts! No difficulty whatsoever but pleasant + nice bridge. Our intro hike to Escalante!
We drove down the night before so we could camp nearby (the first-come-first-serve campsite near the trailhead was full so we found a free primitive site 15 min. north). We got to the trailhead at 9am and got the last parking spot. The trail was beautiful and shaded half the time. The falls were very cool and refreshing! When we got back the parking lot and all along the road was jam packed for free Public Lands day. Normally there is a $5 day use fee and camping is $15/day. Dog friendly although we didn't have dogs I ended up carrying out pet waste. Please "pack it in, pack it out" and Leave No Trace, thanks!
ERIKA S. on Lower Calf Creek Falls Trail
I drove 5 hours just to see this waterfall. Well worth it!!! I didn't want to leave
Very cool to see a Water fall in the middle of a desert type area, that alone makes this hike worth it. Hike isn't overly tough, but for for some reason it does feel like 6 miles, not sure if it was the heat on the way back or what, You do seem to always be going up or down a small hill, definitely a rolling terrain,Should be done at least once. Go early if you are doing it for a photo op, gets busy later in the day, you wont get a shot without people in it
I loved this hike, even though I found it to be a little more difficult than the designated "easy" thanks to the heat. I'm a decent hiker, but not from the desert. If you're not used to the heat, make sure you carry plenty of water (of course) and be aware that there isn't much shade until you are down far enough for the canyon walls to block the sun. It is beautiful. The waterfall and swimming hole are incredible, though — take a dip and you won't be hot on the trek back.
Went on the edge of the offseason (late April) and crowds weren't bad at all, but did get some rain. This hike has a lot to see along the way (pictographs, sheer rock faces), and with pretty much no elevation gain, the mileage goes FAST. And the payoff – the falls – is definitely worth it. They seemed larger in real life than they even looked in pictures.